Dolphins Continue PFL Slate at Drake On Saturday

Dolphins Continue PFL Slate at Drake On Saturday

Jacksonville (2-3; 1-1 PFL) looks to rebound and stay on track in the race for the Pioneer Football League title this week. The Dolphins are headed to Des Moines, Iowa to face fellow perennial PFL foe Drake (1-3; 0-1). JU is coming off a record setting passing day by Steven Hughes who threw for a JU mark of 509 yards last week in a loss to Butler. The Bulldogs meanwhile are coming off a 31-17 loss to Mercer. Game time is set for 1:00 pm CST. Catch all the action on 92.5 FM in the Jacksonville area or nationwide by downloading the 92.5 FM app on your smartphone. 

'Fin Facts

  • The Dolphins own the nation's fifth highest scoring offense ringing up 42.6 points a contest and rank ninth in the nation with 507.4 of offense per game
  • JU has twice scored 69 points in a single game this season becoming the first team since Southern Illinois in 2003 to do so in back to back weeks
  • Strong starts have been a calling card for JU this season as the Dolphins have out scored opponents 72-3 in the first quarter
  • The Dolphins are 23-4 at home since the start of the 2008 season
  • JU is a Pioneer Football League best 33-8 in PFL games over the past five seasons
  • JU was picked third in the PFL preseason coaches poll behind San Diego and Butler
  • JU has 91 players from the state of Florida on its roster

The Series

  • Drake leads the all-time series 10-2, including a 6-0 record at Drake Stadium
  • The Bulldogs came from behind in the fourth quarter to win last year's meeting 32-29 in the season finally for both teams


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Offensive Notes

Hughes Has a Record Setting Day vs Butler

  • With Kade Bell out to injury, the JU offense hasn't miss a beat with Steven Hughes (Melbourne, Fla.) at quarterback the last two weeks
  • Hughes completed 15-20 passes for 269 yards and two touchdowns earning him PFL Offensive Player of the Week honors in his first collegiate start vs Warner
  • Last week he went for a JU record 509 yards on 25 completions and three touchdowns
  • His 509 yards passing are the second highest total by a FCS player this season and the second highest mark in PFL history

Running Backs Sharing the Wealth

  • The Dolphins have three backs (Orlando Thomas; 10.0, Ulysses Bryant; 7.7, and Johnnie Hicks; 7.0) are all averaging over seven yards per rush

Big Plays A Plenty For JU

  • JU has already posted 54 plays of 20+ yards this season after totaling 56 the entire year in 2012
  • The explosiveness in prominent in the running game where the Dolphins have posted 12 plays of 20+ yards compared to 13 all of 2012


Defensive Notes

No Fly Zone

  • The Dolphins have shut down opponents air attack allowing a mere 144.6 yards per game, ranking JU 9th in the nation
  • Opponents 91.17 Team Passing Efficiency ranks 4th in the nation
  • Sr. Andre Addison has played a key role in shutting down the opposition having posted a PFL best eight pass break up on the year
  • Four of his pass breakups came last week vs Butler, including two that ended drives on fourth down

McRae a Magnet For The Football

  • Sophomore defensive back Antonio McRae (Palatka, Fla.) has had a knack for finding the football this season
  • McCrae has had at least one takeaway in four of the five games this season
  • He leads the PFL and is tied for 10th in the nation with three interceptions on the year


Special Teams Notes

Lynch Rewriting the Record Book

  • Sr. PK/P Dylan Lynch (Jacksonville, Fla.) has become a regular name in the JU record book since joining the Dolphins from FIU prior to the 2012 season
  • Already this season he has earned national Special Teams Player of the Week honors from the Sports Network and two Pioneer Football League Special Teams Player of the Week awards
  • He was also recognized as one of 10 FCS place kickers by The Fred Mitchell Award recognizes 26 place-kickers excellence on the football field and in the community during the month of September

Yo Adrian..You did it!

  • Sr. WR Adrian Riley (Ocoee, Fla.) was tagged the Pioneer Football League and College Football Performance Awards National kick returner of the week following his performance vs Morehead State
  • Riley had a 75-yard punt return for a touchdown and totaled 112 all-purpose yards, including a nine yard touchdown catch
  • The 75-yard return is the second longest in school history
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